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  1. Also, here are my answers to the mini challenge for week 1: Here are some questions to put your goals to the test: Is your overall quest achievable (over a short or long period of time)? Is it reasonable? Yes. It can't be measured by a specific number or ticked off a list but that isn't really what the main goal is supposed to be, right? It is achievable and it doesn't really have an end point. Basically I just want to get to the point that I am exercising regularly, have built a bit more muscle and get back into lifting. Do your 3 quests all build towards your main quest in little ways, or are you taking on too much? Do your quests have sub-quests or is it just one thing to focus on? Yes, I think they all contribute to the main quest. Quest one is about getting exercise back into my life and building a routine and my fitness levels. Quest 2 is about nourishing my body and Quest 3 is about looking after my body to make the transition into being fit and healthy sustainable and (hopefully) injury-free. Are your main goals realistic? Can you scale them to smaller steps to fit your life better, even if it will make it take a little longer to achieve them? Yes they are realistic and I deliberately made them into fairly small steps so as not to overwhelm myself initially. I plan to take part in more challenges in the future which will build on these, but I just want to start first and use success as a motivation to continue. Are your goals able to be measured and tracked? What will you use to track them? Yes. I have a physical sheet for ticking off my daily goals and detailing my planned vs actual workouts. How are you grading your goals? Are they pass/fail (“every dayâ€, “not even once over the six weeksâ€)? Is there a reward for the effort, or are you only grading yourself on whether or not you “lose the weight†or “run the distanceâ€? They are basically pass/fail at this point. The reward will be the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the 6 weeks and being able to move on to bigger and better things! I don't feel I need any other reward at this stage, except maybe a beer at the end of it. What is your plan for continuing/altering/grading those goals if you become ill or injured? Quests 2 and 3 will not really be affected. I don't have a plan for what to do about quest 1 if I am sick but I will probably be easy on myself and count a walk as a 'workout' as I do not think it is healthy to push myself when I'm sick. Did you take into consideration any special occasions (Labour Day, Independence Day, birthdays, anniversaries, etc) that may occur during the challenge? What modifications do you need to build into your goals for those? None really coming up. Okay not true there is an anniversary coming up and also AFL grand final (Australian football) which are usually accompanied by alcohol but my boyfriend won't mind if I abstain and my challenge is more important to me than having a few drinks while watching the footy . Do any of your main goals conflict with each other? Will one goal make it hard to do another? No Do you already have the time in your schedule to actually complete the goals you’ve set? If not, what are you planning to do to make time for them? Yes. Sometimes I tell myself I don't but then I realise how much time I just spent browsing [insert site here] and that I really do plenty of time on my hands. Are you trying to build multiple habits, or is all your energy focused on your main quest? Building many good habits is the way to achieve my main quest. It was hard not to choose too many habits to form at once.
  2. Week one update: It's the end of the first week where I am so here's an update. Quest 1: Only managed two out of the three workouts this week. I am not going to beat myself up over this because I had other priorities this week that were more in line with my life goal than the fitness ones (personal development course and choosing to spend time with people after work rather than rushing home for a workout) and there is really nothing more I can do about it except steel my resolve for next week. Quest 2: Success! Quest 3: 6 out of 7. Life Quest: I am not sure I have been making eye contact as much as I would like (it's harder to catch someone's eye than I thought, maybe everyone else avoids eye contact with strangers as much as me) but I have been trying more eye contact with people that I do know and also putting myself in more social situations than I would usually be comfortable with. Not a completely successful week but it is just motivation for trying harder and doing better next week. Thank you
  3. Update so far (2.5 days into the challenge) Quest 1: I haven't completed any workouts yet but I've created a plan for my week including 3 which I will hopefully stick to, including a swim tonight. Quest 2: Staying strong on this one! I only really find I crave coke when I drink it all the time but I think I am getting myself out of that rut. I was only having about half a diet coke a day at work because they were $1. Every day I would tell myself I didn't need it and don't even like it that much but the craving for something would kick in and I'd cave. So saying no to my cravings is good good good, even if they weren't huge to begin with.' Quest 3: I forgot about the foam roller last night! I had the best intentions but got distracted by study and then dragged myself to bed. I have rolled once already this morning and plan to again tonight to make up for yesterday. I also plan to incorporate a bit of stretching with the rolling like wanderingcavegirl suggested. Life quest: Fairly successful so far. I have been managing it each day with the barista but now I've done it a few times I don't think he qualifies as a stranger. However, I did spend all of the weekend at a personal development retreat-type thing that involved a lot of gazing into the eyes of other women, which was quite strange and confronting for me but has allayed my fears somewhat.
  4. Hi Chloe I love your goals. They are specific and achievable. I can see you really put some thought into them. Good luck with the challenge and I look forward to seeing your progress. PS cats are awesome
  5. Hey! Good luck with the challenge and fingers crossed the foot stays well! Regarding the unreliable cook - I'm not sure how it would go with the type of foods you need for keto but maybe you could ask her to make a double batch occasionally and freeze the rest? It's not ideal but it's better than having nothing healthy when you're starving and going for the closest (and probably unhealthiest) edible thing. Looking forward to seeing your progress and dancing (I am very jealous, I haven't a single dancing gene in my body).
  6. Hi there I've been thinking about doing one of these challenges for a while now but have been putting it off with lame excuses. Recently I've started noticing that I can no longer feel the muscles in my back and shoulders - they are gone! Last year I started lifting and working out at a gym near my work and absolutely loved it - the process, the changes, the planning and commitment that went into it. I usually worked half days which meant I could head to the gym when it wasn't too full and I could work out in peace. Then I got a new job - full-time hours, more time getting to and from the gym and when I did get there, it was full! Workouts took twice as long just waiting for a bench and I felt less comfortable with so many people around. Slowly, I began going less and less, until I gave up altogether, always with the intention of getting back into it. Now is the time! Main Quest Get in shape - to begin the process of exercising and nourishing my body and build a foundation for long-term health and fitness. I want to feel better about myself, think about what I eat more carefully and enjoy the contentment that comes with looking after myself Quest 1 Work out at least 3 times a week for 45 minutes - this can be anything from going for a run, swimming, lifting, cycling or playing a game of netball. Anything else that gets my heart going or that I can feel the next day. I miss those feelings! Quest 2 No soft drinks (soda) and no alcohol - including diet coke. Mineral water is okay. I don't drink a huge amount of this to begin with but this is the stepping stone to being more conscious about what I consume. Quest 3 Use the foam roller every day. I have super-tight leg muscles which has led to knee, shin and calf pain in the past. The only way the foam roller will help is to use it every day over a significant period of time. To be honest this is probably going to be the hardest for me to commit to because it is painful and has no obvious benefit in the short-term. Life side quest This sounds like a small thing but important in the growth of my confidence: I will look a stranger in the eye and smile at them every day. I have always been shy and anxious and tend to avoid real-life social interaction, especially with people I am not already comfortable with. The older I get the more I fear I will never change. I want to start out with baby-baby steps as I have learned from experience that expecting too much from myself in this regard does not work. I am really looking forward to this challenge and getting to know the other recruits.
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